SOUTH TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - A six-story apartment building was evacuated Monday just after 7 a.m. after a fire broke out in south Toledo in the 5800 block of Southwyck Boulevard.
Investigators said the fire was contained to one apartment. One resident smelled smoke and started knocking on doors to get everyone out.
Richard Stroud, a resident of the building, thought it was a drill. When he walked into the hall, he found it filled with smoke.
Dozens of people were evacuated, many of them elderly.
"There's a lot of people that are hurt here. A lot of amputees, a lot of diabetics, a lot of people gone on in age don't move too well don't hear too well. Several of them hadn't even heard the fire alarm going off." said Stroud.
No one was injured and residents were allowed back into Dorrell Manor an hour later. However, Lieutenant Matthew Hertzfeld says that in those situations, it isn't the fire that kills, but the smoke.
"Even in a high rise like this, or in a single family residence, smoke detectors can and will save lives, so you want to make sure your smoke detectors are working properly. Make sure you do have an escape plan." Hertzfeld advises.
The building is owned by Lucas County Metropolitan Housing Authority.
There is no word yet on what caused the fire.
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